Well Dined

19Jan/178

ICC – Lemon Rosemary Cake and Martini

Well Dined | Lemon Rosemary Cake and Martini

Time for another Improv Cooking Challenge!  I haven't done one in a couple months due to the holidays and not being super interested in the ingredients.  But this month the challenge was Rosemary and Lemon, and that pairing sounded great to me!  I was torn between a cocktail and a cake recipe, so I decided - why not do both?

Well Dined | Lemon Rosemary Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

The cake is light and fluffy from whipped egg whites, dotted with rosemary, and iced with a lemon cream cheese frosting.  Delicious.

Well Dined | Lemon Curd and Rosemary Martini

The martini is sweet (but not too much) and tangy, with a base not of rosemary.  Dreamy.

Well Dined | Lemon Rosemary Cake and Martini

Together they are absolutely perfect.  I don't like overly sweet anything, and these were so well balanced.  I brought them to my book club and they were a huge hit (not an exaggeration, they were the most popular items I've ever brought).  Some of you may roll your eyes at the mention of a book club, but don't worry - we aren't the pretentious kind where everyone hates the books.  We are sci-fi, horror, and fantasy only and we have a great time!

18Jul/160

Lemon Meringue Cocktail

Well Dined | Lemon Meringue Cocktail

It's cocktail time!  Remember the Orange Creamsicle Cocktail?  Well, it was so popular that my friends wanted to make a similar cocktail, but Lemon Meringue Pie themed.  And I was happy to oblige!

Lemon Meringue Cocktail
a Well Dined original
makes 1 cocktail

3 oz lemon-lime soda
1 oz Limoncello liquor
1/2 oz whipped cream flavored vodka
1/2 oz marshmallow flavored vodka
1 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
whipped cream
ice

Add Limoncello, vodka, and sweetened condensed milk to a rocks or lowball style glass, stir to combine.

Add ice and soda, stir again. Top with whipped cream.

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29Apr/161

Sparkling Raspberry Cocktail

Well Dined | Sparkling Raspberry Cocktail

I've been working on another post about Miami Beach, but it has been taking longer than expected.  So, in the meantime, I'd like to share another cocktail with you!  I made this Sparkling Raspberry Cocktail for an Arbonne brunch party.

Well Dined | Sparkling Raspberry Cocktail

I used raspberry sorbet, a splash of raspberry merlot from my favorite local winery, and a sparkling rose.  Simple, beautiful, delicious.

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Four Years Ago - Spinach, Artichoke, and Chicken Casserole
Five Years Ago - Spring Shells and Cheese; Zucchini Pie

19Apr/160

Orange Creamsicle Cocktail

Well Dined | Orange Creamsicle Cocktail

My friend made this Orange Creamsicle Cocktail for me and it was so good that I absolutely had to share it with you guys!  It is super easy to make and tastes EXACTLY like an orange creamsicle.  Enjoy!

Orange Creamsicle Cocktail
adapted lightly from Ann's Entitled Life
makes 1 cocktail

3oz orange soda
1oz whipped cream flavored vodka
1 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
whipped cream
ice

Add vodka and sweetened condensed milk to a rocks or lowball style glass, stir to combine.

Add ice and orange soda, stir again. Top with whipped cream.

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4Feb/160

Snickerdoodle Martini

Well Dined | Snickerdoodle Martini

I have a group of girlfriends that get together on a regular basis and take turns providing snacks and drinks.  A few of them have a mighty sweet-tooth (we call them hummingbirds); so I knew that when it was my turn to bring a cocktail, I wanted to make something sweet.  I found a quick and easy cocktail recipe that is sure to please lovers of sweets (especially cookies) - the Snickerdoodle Martini.  It also features one of my all-time favorite liquors, RumChata.

Snickerdoodle Martini
adapted from Dawn Nicole
serves 4

cinnamon sugar (I use 8 parts sugar to 1 part cinnamon, some people use 4:1)
honey
12 oz half and half
4 oz RumChata
4 oz vanilla vodka
2 tsp powdered sugar
dash cinnamon

Pour cinnamon sugar onto a small plate, and honey onto another.  Dip the rims of 4 glasses into the honey, then the cinnamon sugar.
In a cocktail shaker, pour remaining ingredients over ice.  Shake until chilled and mixed well.
Divide evenly among cinnamon sugar rimmed glasses and enjoy!

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